Nominee: Len C. Mueller, Class of 1985
Len C. Mueller graduated in 1982 from North Carolina State University with a B. S. in English, and graduated in 1985 from the Campbell University School of Law with her JD. She has been practicing domestic law in Wake County since receiving her law license later the same year. Mueller was certified as a specialist in the area of family law by the North Carolina State Bar in 1994. Mueller is also certified as a Family Financial Mediator. In 1996, Mueller left the familiarity and comfort of this partnership to open the Mueller Law Firm P.A. Since that time, her firm has had the privilege of serving hundreds of clients in all areas related to family law, including child custody, alimony and complex equitable distribution cases. Mueller served as an adjunct professor at Campbell Law for seven years teaching Family Law Planning. She is a member of the North Carolina and Wake County bar associations, and the Family Law Section of the N.C. Bar Association. Additionally, she has served on the N.C. Bar Association’s Family Law Council. Mueller balances career with family – her husband, three sons, her goddaughter and two fur babies, Goggles and Breeze.
Nominator: Madeline Hurley, Class of 2018
Originally from Rougemont, North Carolina, Hurley is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and Campbell Law School, where she was awarded a merit scholarship. During law school, she received an honors distinction for her work in her Client Counseling course and externes with North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby and Sen. Jim Davis. Hurley also served on the Campbell Law Pro Bono Council where she coordinated the Education Law Pro Bono Project. Prior to joining the Mueller Law Firm, Hurley worked at a boutique family law firm in Raleigh. She is an active member of the Junior League of Raleigh and serves as a chapter advisor to Kappa Delta Sorority at North Carolina State University. She enjoys spending time with her family and her two black labs.
How does your nominee define leading with purpose?
“Leading with purpose” means much more that just being a good lawyer. It means investing in the next generation of attorneys and encouraging those around you to strive for excellence.
Len has been practicing family law in Wake County for more than 30 years and, in my opinion, is somewhat of a local legend. So, you can imagine my surprise when Len took an interest in me as a first year associate. I credit Len with giving me some of the best advice of my career which was to decide what your values are and stick with them. She encouraged me to think about the type of lawyer I want to be and to use that as my guiding star.
Len has shown her demonstrated commitment to next the next generation of Campbell attorneys. Currently, the Mueller Law Firm, P.A. team has three Campbell attorneys. Len continues to invest her time and efforts into finding opportunities for her colleagues to learn and grow in the profession.
Working with Len, I see her commitment to her clients first hand. Often times, when folks seek the advice of a family law attorney they are going through one of the most tumultuous seasons of their lives. Len treats her clients with dignity and compassion while she helps them navigate the complex issues surrounding divorce, child custody, property distribution and domestic violence. She is a strong advocate for her clients, passionate about protecting their rights, their family and their financial stability.
Len lifts up those around her by encouraging them to strive for the highest level of professionalism and client service. She embodies leading with purpose by showing us we do not have to leave our compassion or humanity at the door to be a strong advocate for our clients.
I am thankful to have Len as my colleague and even more thankful to count her as a friend.